Staff, contractors discussed at Murray Bridge lunch

The minefield of human resource management was the topic for the latest Women in Business Regional Network lunch at Murray Bridge.

The guest speaker was network member Mary-Lou Griffiths from MLG Consulting who outlined recent legislation and court cases that had paved the way for changes to the way casuals could be classified and paid in terms of their leave and superannuation entitlements.

Mary-Lou spoke at length, and answered many questions, about the need for detailed paperwork when engaging staff.  This included providing them with an employment contract which outlined their entitlements and their role, as well as policies and procedures for a range of day-to-day considerations including motor vehicle use, leave and confidentiality.

Much discussion also surrounded the differences between sub-contractors and employees with the women at the lunch being urged to ensure they have up-to-date signed contracts with their sub-contractors which outline exactly the nature of the working arrangement.

Mary-Lou said often issues arose between staff and management or between a business and a sub-contractor simply because the arrangements and expectations hadn’t been made clear between the parties in the first instance.

The lunch was once again held at Wong’s Happy Gathering which has been the host venue since the Murray Bridge chapter began.

For a change, the next network function will be a lunch on Monday, June 24 at the Swanport Hotel when the topic will be business planning; why it’s important to have a plan and how you can easily prepare a basic strategic plan for your own business.